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#281 Post by Artemis » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:59 am

R.I.P. Reed Mullin, Corrosion of Conformity drummer dies at 53
The pioneering metal drummer founded C.O.C. in 1982
Tragic news to report, as Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin has passed away at the age of 53. No cause of death has been reported.

The influential metal band reported the news in a tweet on Monday night, writing, “It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment…”

Mullin founded Corrosion of Conformity in 1982 alongside bassist Mike Dean and guitarists Pepper Keenan and Woody Weatherman. C.O.C., as they were also known, unleashed their debut album, Eye for an Eye, in 1984. Starting out with a more hardcore sound, C.O.C. became pioneers of sludge and stoner metal, and have released a total of 10 studio LPs during the course of their career.

Corrosion of Conformity underwent a number of lineup changes over the years, with Mullin leaving the group in 2001, before they eventually broke up in 2006. The trio of Mullin, Weatherman, and Dean later reunited in 2010, and were rejoined by Keenan in 2014. The band’s most recent album, 2018’s No Cross No Crown, was the first to feature the core lineup of Mullin, Weatherman, Keenan, and Dean since 2000’s America’s Volume Dealer.

In 2016, Mullin suffered an alcohol-related seizure during the band’s show in Edmonton, Canada, but returned to the lineup just a couple days later. He missed several more shows in recent years, leading Dean to declare that Mullin wouldn’t be welcomed back to the band until he was on a healthy path.

“He needs to take care of himself and get his shit together,” Dean told the Talk Toomey podcast. “And if that happens, the door’s open for him. And if it doesn’t, well, that’s how it is. People need to wanna help themselves. You can’t just push them to get help — they’ve gotta wanna help themselves.”

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#282 Post by Artemis » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:59 am

RIP Andy Gill, 64

I saw Gang of Four only once in 2005, I think. I discovered the band when I was in Grade 9(early 80s).

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/ ... Kbom041ehU
Andy Gill, influential guitarist with Gang of Four, dies aged 64
Gill’s guitar sound inspired Kurt Cobain, Michael Stipe and Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose debut album he produced


Andy Gill, the guitarist with Gang of Four, whose sound influenced generations of post-punk bands, has died aged 64.

The news was announced by the band on their social media channels on Saturday. No cause of death has yet been announced, but they referred to him as “listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed”.

The band heralded him as “one of the best to ever do it … we’ll remember him for his kindness and generosity, his fearsome intelligence, bad jokes, mad stories and endless cups of darjeeling tea. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too.”

Gill was born in Manchester in 1956, and formed Gang of Four in Leeds in 1976. Influenced by Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson as well as the New York punk scene that he witnessed after receiving a grant to visit art galleries there, Gill fed taut, funky guitar lines and screeching noise into the band’s politically charged music.

“When I was young, [Jimi] Hendrix was a big obsession, with his flowing, soloing, colourful, expressive style,” Gill said in 2017.

“But there were more groove-orientated things that got me quite excited – a lot of Motown things which are not guitar-driven at all. With Motown, the way the grooves were put together really got under my skin. And people like [funk and soul guitarist] Steve Cropper, who is an amazing, underrated rhythm guitarist.”

While Gang of Four never had a top 40 hit, songs like Natural’s Not in It and At Home He’s a Tourist became cult favourites; their 1979 debut album Entertainment! was named by Rolling Stone in 2003 as one of the 500 greatest ever.

They released 10 albums in all, with a couple of periods of hiatus during their 40-year history – Gill was the only founding member of the band to last throughout. Their most recent album was 2019’s Happy Now, which they toured late last year. “Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row,” the band’s statement continues.

Partly thanks to Gill’s distinctive guitar playing, Gang of Four became hugely influential.

“Gang of Four knew how to swing – I stole a lot from them,” said REM’s Michael Stipe; Kurt Cobain described Nirvana as “a Gang of Four and Scratch Acid ripoff”; INXS’s Michael Hutchence called them “art meets the devil via James Brown”.

Their funky style was also influential on Red Hot Chili Peppers, with bassist Flea calling them “the first rock band I could truly relate to”.

Gill ended up producing the Chili Peppers’ self-titled debut album, and would also produce records by Killing Joke, Therapy?, the Jesus Lizard, and more.

Gary Numan was among those paying tribute, calling him “a unique talent”. The Futureheads, another band Gill produced, said: “Working with Andy on our early singles and first album set us on our path. A true gent.”





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#283 Post by Artemis » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:22 pm

David Roback, 61 (Mazzy Star)

https://pitchfork.com/news/mazzy-stars- ... wDtDTMOfD4
Mazzy Star’s David Roback Dead at 61
The producer and instrumentalist also co-founded the bands Rain Parade and Opa


David Roback—the producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandoval—has died, according to a representative for the band. A key figure in the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene of neo-psychedelia in the 1980s, Roback also played in bands such as Rain Parade and Opal. He was 61 years old. The cause of death has yet to be announced.

After co-founding Rain Parade and releasing one album with the band, Roback departed the group, citing a sense of limitations in the band. He spent time in Berkeley and New York before founding Opal with Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith in the mid-1980s. After Smith departed the band in the middle of a tour where Opal were supporting The Jesus & Mary Chain, Hope Sandoval was tapped as her replacement. Roback and Sandoval would later form Mazzy Star.

The first album from Mazzy Star, She Hangs Brightly, was released in 1990. The follow-up, 1993’s So Tonight That I Might See, featured what would be the band’s biggest hit, “Fade Into You.”In addition to producing their albums, Roback also co-wrote all of Mazzy Star’s songs alongside Sandoval, including 2013’s Seasons of Your Day, their fourth full-length album and first in 17 years. The band’s final release, the Still EP, was issued in 2018.
One of my fave Mazzy Star songs


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#284 Post by intertwoven » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:30 pm

That's a bummer. Jane's related, he worked with a young Eric Avery back in the day, producing a Flower Quartet demo tape.
Flower Quartet recorded their first demo in the Palms area of Los Angeles by a sometime-member of Suicidal Tendencies. They later recorded a second demo at Radio Tokyo in Venice, California. David Roback produced it. He was in a band called Rain Parade at the time. He later formed a band called Opal with former Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith, and after that formed Mazzy Star with singer Hope Sandoval. "The first demo was very raw and punk sounding and to my mind far superior to the stuff we recorded at Radio Tokyo which was way too clean and poppy," Jack recalls. The plan was to use a couple songs from the demo to put out a 7", but the guys didn't have any money to pay for that idea.
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#286 Post by Artemis » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:47 am

R.I.P. Kenny Rogers, 81.

The Gambler would be a good balcony sing a long song. Even those who aren't country music fans know some of the words.


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#287 Post by kv » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:42 am

Yup I know every word...about the only country song I do...(devil went down to georgia being the other)

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#288 Post by Artemis » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:08 pm

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Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger Dead From Coronavirus
Adam Schlesinger, the longtime Fountains Of Wayne frontman who also composed countless ridiculously catchy songs for movies and TV, has died of complications from coronavirus. Variety reports that he passed away Wednesday morning after being hospitalized with COVID-19 and put on a ventilator last week. He was only 52.

This is a developing story.

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